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Managing Acute Illness of the Aging Population

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Course Description

The hospitalized geriatric patient is at great risk for multiple complications that can result in increased morbidity and mortality. This two-day program is designed to provide the nurse and other healthcare providers with the up-to-date information necessary to provide excellent care for the acutely ill geriatric patient.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Gain confidence in the management of the acutely ill geriatric patient.
  • Increase awareness of early signs of complications that can occur in this high-risk patient.
  • Improve recognition of key differences related to normal aging changes between younger and older patients.
  • Develop a better understanding of current management strategies for the acutely ill and hospitalized geriatric 


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Intro to Geriatrics
    What is It? | Who is It? | Where is It?
  • The Hazards of Hospitalization
    Immobility | Iatrogenesis | Functional Decline | Medication Errors
  • The Physiologic Changes of Aging
    Cardiovascular | Pulmonary | Renal
  • The ‘Pick’ Syndrome
    Acute Delirium vs. Dementia | Depression
  • Pharmacologic Principles in Geriatrics
    Pharmacokinetics | Pharmacodynamics | Dosing Strategies
  • Acute Respiratory Failure
    The Mechanically Ventilated Patient | Failure States | Drug Therapy
  • Case Studies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Dying the Good Death
    Advance Directives | The Death Culture | Ethical Issues: Terminal Dehydration/Anorexia
  • Infectious Disease in the Elderly
    Common Organisms | UTI | Pneumonia Syndromes
  • Family Dynamics
  • Cardiovascular Syndromes
    Acute MI | Cardiogenic Shock
  • Chronic Heart Failure
    The New Epidemic | Drug Therapy
  • Case Studies